Leeds may already have cable broadband coverage from Virgin Media of around 66% making ultrafast (over 100 Mbps) an option for those covered, but a further £40m investment has been announced to increase coverage across the city.
Some 11,000 homes in the Middleton area of Leeds are set to be the first to benefit and the signs are clear for other cities wanting better coverage make things easier for Virgin Media.
"Local authorities have an important role in getting ultrafast broadband to more people, more quickly. Virgin Media is investing £3bn to improve the UK’s digital infrastructure. We need more local authorities, like Leeds City Council, to work with us to cut the red tape and secure investment for their residents."Tom Mockridge, Virgin Media chief executive officer
There press release is now on the Virgin Media site, and it seems the eventual goal is to increase the footprint in Leeds by around 80,000 premises. Working from our own data this should increase ultrafast coverage in Leeds from 66.4% to around 91%. With 92.7% of Leeds already able to get superfast at 24 Mbps or faster there will clearly a big large overlap with the Openreach FTTC network, but with such a large expansion would not surprise us that even if Openreach enable no other cabinets in the city that the expansion by Virgin Media will push Leeds well past the 95% superfast 2017 target.